27 April 2010

Chipotle Bean Burritos for Cinco de Mayo

Chipotle Bean Burritos

I don't confess to being an expert on Mexican food. In fact I could count the number of true authentic Mexican restaurants in the valley on the fingers of one hand. If we count the chain restaurants like Taco Bell and Taco del Mar we could use both hands. I do love good Mexican food so this is where the week in a kitchen in central Mexico in a small mountain village would come in handy.

Even the ingredients to put an authentic meal on the table are hard to find. On my last trip to Costco in Seattle I thought I had hit pay dirt when I found some masa farina but it turned out to be terrible and I don't think the result is what I have been looking for. I will still keep looking and one day I may be able to make authentic dishes at home.

Until I can take that culinary holiday to Mexico I will celebrate for Cinco de Mayo. It is an important milestone in Mexican history, and revelers are happy to help celebrate the occasion with special menus and festive cocktails. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day as I have been told,  but actually commemorates the May 5, 1862, Battle of Puebla, in which a formidable French army was trounced by a small Mexican contingent under the command of General Ignacio Zaragoza. The victory didn't result in immediate Mexican independence (that came five years later), but it still holds symbolic significance, particularly in Puebla, as well as in Mexican communities all across the United States.

For me the occasion gives me a valid excuse to put something on the table that, although is not authentic Mexican, it is in the spirit of the Mexican people. In the meantime this burrito disguised as a wrap was the perfect way to celebrate! It is so quick and easy to prepare for a mid week meal or when you are just in a hurry to get to the festivities!!!

**Light Chipotle Bean Burritos**

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup water
1 (15-ounce) can organic black beans, drained
1 (15-ounce) can organic kidney beans, drained
3 tablespoons refrigerated fresh salsa
6 (10-inch) reduced-fat flour tortillas
1 cup (4 ounces) preshredded reduced-fat 4-cheese Mexican blend cheese
1 1/2 cups chopped plum tomato (about 3)
1 1/2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
6 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
6 tablespoons light sour cream

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in chile powder and salt; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in 1/3 cup water and beans; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in salsa. Partially mash bean mixture with a fork.

Warm tortillas according to package directions. Spoon about 1/3 cup bean mixture into center of each tortilla. Top each serving with about 2 1/2 tablespoons cheese, 1/4 cup tomato, 1/4 cup lettuce, 1 tablespoon onions, and 1 tablespoon sour cream; roll up.

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  1. Can I come with you to a kitchen in central Mexico in a small mountain village. How fun would that be. Looks like a delicious way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

  2. Allie will like this and I love that it's quick. Thank you!
    xoxo Pattie

  3. I so enjoy Mexican food. We do have a number of restaurants from which to choose...

    Your burritos sound delicious!!

  4. I live in the Pacific NW so I feel your pain on finding authentic Mexican fare. I grew up in California and I really miss the Mexican food there. This looks amazing! I'm looking forward to Cinco de Mayo now.

  5. A delicious Cinco de Mayo dish! Mexican food tastes so good!



  6. I missed burritos a lot! It has been a long time since I had one.

  7. as long as there are beans and some kick, i'm game whether it's authentic or not!

  8. I love Mexican food, too. And like you, I am having a difficult time finding authentic ingredients. This burrito looks delicious.

  9. Oh my, these burritos look good. I'm lucky to have a wonderful Mexican grocery and bakery in my town so often have good Mexican food on my menu. Love all those flavors mixed together.

  10. Chipotle flavours always get me hungry and cinqo de mayo means FIESTA time!

  11. These sound and look super tasty!

    Good Mexican places are very thin on the ground over here, and I can't say I've eaten much Mexican food as a result, and certainly nothing worth mentioning. So maybe I should give these a try, and see if I can do better...

  12. What a gorgeous treat. I see that you are using chipotle chili powder. It is so much better than standard varieties. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  13. These burritos look delicious and I like this light version!

  14. It took years for reasonably authentic Mexican food to take hold in the US, but it's growing, so I believe it will eventually spread all over North America and we'll have a better availability of ingredients as well as restaurants.

    Your burritos look so fresh and spring-like! Who cares if they're "authentic"? Enjoy them!

  15. These look wonderful! I can never get Mexican food round here so I wil be trying this.

  16. Hey, I recognize that sombrero from our Culinary Tour Around the World. Don't forget the margarita!

  17. This is my kind of burrito!! Looks delicious Val!

  18. Sounds authentic to me. I would love to take cooking classes in Mexico, in France, in Italy, in Spain, . . . . so little time, so much to wish for.

  19. Hi
    First time here . U hav a lovely collection of recipes . I'm drooling over the bean burritos !!!

    @Little Food Junction

  20. I haven't had any good Mexican food in a long time. Your burritos sound a perfect way to handle my Mexican food craving.

    Your make-over on your site is fabulous. And thanks for offering followers. I signed up right away. I've been gone too long.

  21. Your recipe is the perfect substitute for when authentic Mexican ingredients cannot be found. I'm lucky to live in an area where the corn and flour tortillas are local and handmade.

  22. Send me a list of what you're looking for and I can probably find it at the local "little Mexico" grocery store.

    Great burritos!

  23. Oh my gosh, Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner! I've recently started to really enjoy black beans, and this is a great idea! Now I'm in the mood for Mexican food! :-)

  24. Really GOOD mexican food is definitely hard to find. Usually it's all hole-in-the-walls with oily blechy food. Not these burritos though...these are quality stuff. I can tell.

  25. As strange as it may sound, living within eyesight of Mexico doesn't make it easy to find authentic Mexican food, either. Most of our Mexican restaurants serve Americanized versions of dishes. It's good, but not necessarily authentic. Your burritos look fresh and yummy!

  26. Is it possible for anything so delicious to be so healthy? I normally associate Mexican food with lots of grease and cheese and oil...this is so refreshing!

  27. I am certainly liking the texmex flavours in these!

  28. You think authentic is hard there..... I can't even get green chilis - I carry them back in my luggage. And a French Mexican restaurant - a baguette with your burrito?
    Looks delicious - and I can get tortillas, thanks to Old El Paso!

  29. Oooh now these Burritos look GOOD!

  30. Gorgeous photos. My kids (and their kids) are in Mexico as we speak. I'm going to make these and pretend I'm there too. Thanks for sharing.

  31. I adore black bean tacos, I have been trying to get my kids hip to them but they are not feeling it.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate

  32. Looks muy delicioso! I like that it is meat-free.
    Feliz Cinco Val!

  33. This is a great meatless meal Val. We love making Mexican type food here at home. I liked how you lightened it up also.

  34. Oh, I was in Los Anegles for 10 days and never got around to have a good Mexcian meal .. and I am not sure I can find one in Paris ..

  35. Vall this look really awesome!! I love it, huggs

    I love mexican, Gloria


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